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Perkins on Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy: ‘That’s their code, morally straight’

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, said Friday that the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy is “morally straight.”

In an interview with CNN, Perkins said the FRC’s decision to boycott United Parcel Shipping (UPS) was based on UPS placing a “greater priority on the political agenda of LGBT activists than the protection of Scouts.”

Tony Perkins

Last week, the FRC announced it was dropping UPS as its “official shipper” after the charity arm of UPS announced in November that it would “cease all future funding to the Boy Scouts until gay Scouts and leaders are welcome within the organization.”

While it remains unclear how many packages the FRC actually ships on a daily basis, Perkins described the boycott as a “moral” issue.

“Well, the Boy Scouts for over 100 years, as part of their moral code, has challenged boys to be straight and to be upstanding citizens,” Perkins said. “That’s their code, morally straight, that they not engage in sexual behavior, that they keep themselves morally conditioned and mentally sharp, and that’s been their code.”

“As for their longstanding policy on homosexuality, the Boy Scouts are doing what every parent would want them to: putting children’s safety first,” said Perkins.

Perkins said UPS “isn’t interested in true diversity but in strong-arming anyone who disagrees with their extreme agenda,” and that the Boy Scouts’ “only crime is instilling character into millions of American boys.”

UPS is not the only corporation that has pulled its sponsorship from the Boy Scouts in recent months.

Iowa-based activist Zach Wahls has led several successful internet petition campaigns to enlist other Fortune 500 companies in pulling their charitable funding of the BSA based on the group’s anti-gay polices.

In September, the Boy Scouts’ biggest donor, Intel, ended its support, citing the BSA’s anit-gay policy. Most recently, the Merck Company Foundation, the private charitable foundation of the pharmaceutical giant, also discontinued its Boy Scouts sponsorship.

The FRC has been designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Yeah, so morally straight they protected pedophiles for Years!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:42pm
  2. Please Tony, don’t you think it’s time to address Why you hate Queer people so much?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:43pm
  3. yeah…thats why they have so many pedophile problems.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:44pm
  4. let them be

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:44pm
  5. (yawn) He’s irrelevant.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:44pm
  6. and they can continue to lose funding

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:44pm
  7. It’s sad that Lord Baden-Powell the founder of the Scouts is believed to have been a repressed homosexual – according to his Wikipedia page.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:46pm
  8. Please read the description of ‘Morally Straight’ in the Boy Scout Handbook its self. It says that a scout stands up for his morals. There is ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION OF HETEROSEXUALITY!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:48pm
  9. @John your use of the term Queer is disgusting. and shows Bias.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:48pm
  10. Thank you UPS for standing up for whats right. The Boy Scouts of America has the right to be a bigot organization and to teach young boys how to hate. Those companies that had donated in the past now have the choice, given the ugly truth about the Boy Scouts, to continue to donate or not. They either support hate or dont support hate. Clear as day Tony.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:51pm
  11. @Joycee, queer theory is the academic usage for the entire community. It is not an insult. It includes all orientations, genders and questioning too, settle down.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:55pm
  12. Asshat!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:56pm
  13. Makes me ill….thousands of boys molested and they still keep the files from police and DCF

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:02pm
  14. Just as he miss-interprets the Bible, he miss-interprets the use of the words Morally straight. Straight used in the Boy scout code means morally straight as a straight line never bending or wavering to poor behavior

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:03pm
  15. >Getting offended by the word queer
    >2012

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:03pm
  16. The Family Research Council is a hate group — who cares what they believe when we all know it’s grounded in fear, hate and oppression!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:08pm
  17. boy scouts should start reading bible with holy spirit instead of man. they should also have holy spirit be thier morals instead of man. they would then know that christ died for homosexuals too and bible is not referenceing to homosexuality as a sin. when are people going to start growing in god maturity?

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:13pm
  18. that malkes me funny when gays comes from the scouts and most have not be molested. gay is part of the family unit

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:29pm
  19. Do they understand that there are pedophiles and there are homosexuals? There is a difference. Most pedophiles hide in sheep’s clothing and never admit their problems. Homosexual men that do not hide in the closet are just as normal as anyone. Just because your one does not mean you’re the other. All I’m saying they are two different people. At any rate, the Scouts is a dying organization.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:31pm
  20. I give up commenting on this idiot. He says nothing of value and gets no more of my time.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:35pm
  21. There’s nothing “morally Straight” about Bigotry

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:51pm
  22. Thank you Trystian Matthews, the Holy Spirit has always been left out. Time for real Bible Scriptures , read to understand Gods words, not leaning into your understanding of Gods word……. ;)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:53pm
  23. I wonder what would happen if religion was banned from all recreational and physical/mental activities.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:13pm
  24. What is ‘morally straight’? It’s an illusion. I think people so preoccupied like this person is leads me to believe he may be a ‘closet case’. I think the Boy Scouts will change their view as donors disappear like UPS, or other big companies.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:22pm
  25. Perk up PERKY! The world is moving away from you faster than you know it. Hypocrisy is hitting you in your ass!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:41pm
  26. bigot

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:04pm
  27. He distorts the Boy Scout code as he does scripture… Morally straight As in a straight line not wavering or bending to immoral behavior such as lying, stealing, cheating, cultivating a good character, honor and integrity.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:27pm
  28. Boy Scouts did not have that code originally.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:13pm
  29. Morally straight means to be kind, and to treat all people equally.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:49pm
  30. I think that the code “morally straight” indicated that the boyscout would do things that were ethical and moral. it did not idicate anything regarding sex, sexual orientation, or sexual practices.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:26am